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In the wider region of the village “Gastouri” and just 10km southwest of the capital lies the Palace and Museum of "Achilles". The Palace is enclosed by triumphant landscape, which teems with verdant cypresses and exotic flowers. Both the Palace itself and the enchanting garden probably constituted the reason for which the Empress Elizabeth of Austria was staying there for her vacation.

A story with drama

The Achilleion, behind its imposing exterior, hides a fascinating story of fairy tale and reality, while it remains the link between Corfu and Austro-Hungarian culture thanks to Princess Sissy. She rebuilt the Palace in honour of Achilles, to whom she showed admirable deference, but also to relieve herself of the pain due to the loss of her child.

The Palace

The garden with the rich vegetation and the famous statue of “dying Achilles” masterly complements the spectacular façade of the Palace. In front of the entrance, a line of statues, which depict figures of Greek mythology, adores the Palace. Inside, relics and personal items of Elizabeth and previous residents decorate decently every corner of the Museum.

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